Independence Day BBQ Platter, Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer

Nothing says “Happy Birthday, America” like a big platter of Southern-style ’cue, which this joint has adopted from techniques learned from Texas masters at Kreuz Market. And it doesn’t get more ’merica than three slices of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s famous beef brisket, two spare ribs and a sausage link. Even the price is patriotic.

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Some say it takes balls to drink absinthe. Cosmopolitan property mixologist and Vesper bar general manager Chris Hopkins can work with that. He uses water, simple syrup and Vieux Carré Absinthe Supérieure by Philadelphia Distilling to make large absinthe ice spheres for his bar. Sound like a risk? Hopkins has few guiding principles for his cocktail-creation process, but the best rule of all: “Don’t be afraid to try something new. For every great drink I’ve made, there were five failures.” Points for honesty.